Plans to do firearms safe handling training at some of our stations are halted until we’ve done more planning and engagement with our brigades.

We have had feedback that some brigades still need to be engaged with about our agreement with NZ Police to access some of our stations to deliver their new firearms safe handling training programme for first-time firearms licence applicants.

It is important that we engage with all brigades before this work progresses so everyone involved has a chance to have their say.

The background to this is that we were approached by NZ Police to help out with sites for a practical course and assessment on safe-handling of firearms that will be delivered by firearms instructors from the Mountain Safety Council. Using our sites means a significant reduction in travel time for the majority of applicants; and is another example of Fire and Emergency working closer with other New Zealand agencies to keep communities safe. We also saw this as an opportunity for brigades to engage with these participants for recruiting purposes or delivering risk reduction messages.

We’ve been working – and continue to work – with NZ Police and the UFBA to make this happen and have agreed the process and steps to gain access to stations, without disrupting our core operational responsibilities. 

A list of selected stations has been provided to Area Managers, and we expect them to be in touch with brigades shortly.

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